Fans rip Marta Kostyuk for boycotting the exhibition match with Mirra Andreeva

The Ukrainian tennis player decided at the last moment to skip the match against the young Russian, causing the anger of the fans

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Fans rip Marta Kostyuk for boycotting the exhibition match with Mirra Andreeva
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The Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk refused to play the exhibition match against the young Russian Mirra Andreeva, at the Negometal Open, an exhibition tournament held in France, in Bourg-de-Péage. The exhibition tournament became the scene of yet another controversial episode involving Russian and Ukrainian players.

In the women's event, Andreeva defeated Varvara Gracheva in the semifinals, to challenge Donna Vekic in the final. The Croatian, however, withdrew due to problems behind her and the organizers thought of contacting Marta Kostyuk.

The Ukrainian initially accepted the invitation, but when she discovered that her opponent would be the Russian, she suddenly withdrew for reasons not yet specified. Analyzing the geopolitical situation and the numerous posts published by Kostyuk on the ongoing war in her country, it is not difficult to understand the reason for her decision.

Kostyuk has repeatedly pointed the finger at Russian players for never having, according to her, ever openly denounced their government. To allow the crowd to still watch a match, the organizers opted for a challenge with the male tennis player Yanis Ghazouani Durand, currently number 1146 in the ATP ranking.

The latter overcame Andreeva with a score of 7-5, 6-2.

Fans rip Marta Kostyuk

According to local media, Kostyuk was pressured not to play against Andreeva and, after the autograph session, she chose to forgo the match. Kostyuk has not yet expressed herself on the matter either through official interviews or through her social accounts.

The same goes for Andreeva who found herself in an uncomfortable situation. However, fans were angry with Kostyuk for this controversial choice, which prevented fans from not enjoying a match for which they had paid a ticket.

Below you can read some of the harshest comments on X:

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